Philip Deignan began Wednesday’s 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia in 48th place overall.
The 30-year-old is one hour 35 minutes 44 seconds behind overall leader, Colombia’s Nairo Quintana from the Movistar Team.
The Letterkenny native has had a few enterprising stages of late, not least on Sunday’s 1,665-metre finish at Montecampione.
Deignan opened up a 13-second lead with 8km left, however he ultimately could not stay ahead of the chasing pack, relinquishing the lead in the closing stage of the race as he came home 14th behind Fabio Aru.
Then, on Tuesday, Deignan, who rides for Team Sky, came in 34th place on stage 17, the 139km trek from Ponte di Legno to Val Martello, alongside compatriot Nicholas Roche from the Tinkoff-Saxo Team.
Deignan will get further chances to impress with the 27km time trial on Friday from Bassano del Grappa to Monte Grappa before the last of the mountain stages is the 167km pedal from Maniago to Monte Zoncolan on Saurday.
Sunday’s 21st and final stage is 169km from Gemona Trieste.